Author of the Month: Ursula K. Le Guin

Our Author of the Month for November is the American science fiction, fantasy and children’s author Ursula K. Le Guin, born Ursula Kroeber in California in 1929. Her early manuscripts were rejected by publishers on the grounds of their ‘inaccessibility’, and it wasn’t until 1966 that her first novel Rocannon’s World, set in the fictional Hainish Universe, was published. International fame and acclaim followed in 1968 with the appearance of A Wizard of Earthsea. Although originally written for young adults, Le Guin’s five ‘Earthsea’ novels have since acquired a devoted following among readers of all ages.

Le Guin’s work throughout her long career was underpinned by her deep interest in anthropology, feminism, environmentalism and anarchism. In 2014 she wrote about her philosophy of writing: ‘anything at all can be said to happen [in the future] without fear of contradiction from a native. The future is a safe, sterile laboratory for trying out ideas in, a means of thinking about reality, a method.’

Have a look at some of her books here, and come and meet them in person on our dedicated Le Guin table in Bury Place.

The Dispossessed

Ursula K. Le Guin

From the publisher:

One of the very best must-read novels of all time – with a new introduction by Roddy Doyle ‘Le Guin’s storytelling is sharp, magisterial, funny, thought-provoking and ...

The Earthsea Quartet

Ursula K. Le Guin

From the publisher:

Tehanu Ged is but a goatherd on the island of Gont when he comes by his strange powers over nature. Sent to the School of Wizards on Roke, he learns the true way of magic and ...

The Lathe Of Heaven

Ursula K. Le Guin

From the publisher:

Through his dreams, George Orr can make alternate realities real ‘Le Guin is a writer of phenomenal power’ OBSERVER

Lavinia

Ursula K. Le Guin

From the publisher:

An exceptional combination of history and mythology – ‘an intriguing, luxuriously realised novel’ FINANCIAL TIMES

Powers

Ursula K. Le Guin

From the publisher:

The final part of Le Guin’s mesmerising Annals of the Western Isles ‘Le Guin’s storytelling is sharp, magisterial, funny, thought-provoking and exciting, exhibiting all ...

Gifts

Ursula K. Le Guin

From the publisher:

A thrilling fantasy from the bestselling author of the EARTHSEA series ‘She’s showing no signs of losing her brilliance. She is unparalleled in creating fantasy peopled ...